Jean confides to a friend that her doll is catching the measles. Jean's brother overhears the remark and paints red spots on her doll's face. In return for the trick, Jean paints a 'MEASLES, KEEP OUT' sign.
December 15, 2017 Subject:
Jean and Her Doll's Stalker
'Jean and Her Dolls' follows an episode in the criminal career of young Frank. Frank is a stalker. But unlike all normal, healthy stalkers who find themselves a nice, young lady, or a degenerate Hollywood celebrity to stalk, Frank likes to stalk dolls.
While the girls are playing house in the yard, we see Frank darting across the lawn, trying to catch a glimpse of her beloved Nancy Jane. Of course, none of the girls spot him, proving that pripheral vision was yet to be discovered in the early 50's.
He overhears Jean mentioning that Nancy Jane might have caught measles, but she's befuddled by the fact that she still hasn't got any spots. Frank takes care of that.
A chase sequence ensures. Mom catches Frank. He is, however not sent to prison, and is actually sentenced to take care of the very doll he's stalking. Truly the dream of every stalker: to be locked up with his target in a 2x4 windowless cell, FOREVER AND EVER, where no one else can touch her and no one can do them part.
Finally, we see jane hanging a sign around Frank's neck, warning of the fact that he's got measles, proving beyond doubt that measles was pretty much treated like leprosy in the fifties, with the victims forced to wear signs around their necks, and possibly bells, warning others of the disfiguring disease they carry.
September 10, 2014 Subject:
Another from the Weisenborn/Barnes' Primary Reading Series!
Made to accompany Dick and Jane readers, Britannica's Primary Reading Series from 1952 was a collaboration of Gordon Weisenborn and John Barnes, who - in a swift handful of years - made possibly a dozen or more films together. They were in SoCal around the time, shooting scenes in LA for THE LIVING CITY (admittedly, Weisenborn is not credited there, but given his assertion that he worked on 20 films at EB, as well as timing and artistry, it seems a likely candidate of their partnership) and in Hollywood for SAFETY ON THE PLAYGROUND.
There is a cast of characters through the series, rambunctious Frank and his dreamily idealistic younger sister Jean, and of course Mom, alternatively the martinet and the loving playmate. The milieu is the suburban yard, front, back and sidewalk.
I'd be gobsmacked if this was an actual EB film. 2 kids with dolls that put them down for a nap are shocked that the local bully Frank dares to put crayola measles on the doll. The two girls rat on Frank to their mother, and spend time chasing each other around. The chase is quite impressionistic, what with the hanging sheets and all, but probably not intentional. Pretty dull actually.
January 8, 2013 Subject:
Jean And Her Dolls 2012
Would be the title of a short about a young lady who goes off to Wellesley, prompted by her parents who want her to have access to success-driven boys who come from "old money."
But in the 21st century that more "shady" heretofore not discussed side of such instituions dominates. Jean instead winds up on the basketball team, and has pictures of Eleanor Roosevelt all over her room; develops "close" friendships with frowsy young ladies who hate boys, think that marriage is slavery, and teach Jean everything she needs to know about parts of her anatomy she doesn't even know she has.
10 years later, she decides one day that all those bitch fights aren't really worth the trouble, and bring no substantial wealth; so she finds a metro boy from Boston with flat affect, old money and a business degree. Big wedding with bridesmiads that look like wrestlers, and happy parents look on. End of film. Credits roll.
Out of touch.
September 29, 2012 Subject:
Kid Life in 1952
A just for fun film about a girl, her friend, her dolls and her bratty brother who defaced her doll and when she showed her mother they all took off after the brother. Shows a typical episode of kids at play in mid 20th century. It is a silent film with a narrator telling the story like she's reading a primer. Looks like it was filmed somewhere around LA.